For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
- Henri Frederic Amiel, Swiss Philosopher and Critic (1821-1881)
Barack Obama does not like people.
Don’t take my word for it, take it from three people who have known him the most and supported him the most:
“The truth is, Obama doesn’t call anyone, and he’s not close to almost anyone. It’s stunning that he’s in politics, because he really doesn’t like people. My analogy is that it’s like becoming Bill Gates without liking computers.” – Neera Tanden, former top aid to Barack Obama and current President of Center for American Progress.
source: NY Magazine
Richard Cohen of the Washington Post is about as liberal as liberal gets and he’s supported Obama since the very beginning, but even he couldn’t help but notice these peculiar quirks in Obama’s personality:
“I see a failure to embrace all sorts of people, even members of Congress and the business community.”
“The crowd adored Obama, although not as much as I think he adored himself.”
“Obama never espoused a cause bigger than his own political survival.”
“It’s hard to care about someone who seems not to care in return… I will vote for Obama with regret. I wish he was the man I once mistook him for.”
source: Richard Cohen at WaPo
In the lead up to the 2008 election, no reporters anywhere in America had closer access inside the bubble of the Obama campaign than John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. (They also had great insight into McCain’s campaign, though it didn’t have the same feeling of intimacy.) Came Change is truly one of the greatest books you could ever read on the inside workings of modern politics. It was such a great work of journalism, but there were more than a few spots where you could read behind the lines and tell that the authors’ hearts were with Obama.
John Heilemann: Obama is an unusual politician. There are very few people in American politics who achieve something — not to mention the Presidency — in which the following two conditions are true: one, they don’t like people. And two, they don’t like politics.
KC: Obama doesn’t like people?
JH: I don’t think he doesn’t like people. I know he doesn’t like people.
What do you get when you get a leader who doesn’t like people?
You can end up with a sociopath like Nero, who would think nothing of throwing the Christians to the lions and then laugh at the very thought of it, as portrayed in the 1932 Cecile B. DeMille classic, Sign of the Cross:
Take the rare mix of a man with enough oratory skill and charisma to become Messiah to his fainting followers and who at the same time doesn’t actually like people, showing disdain for Democracy in telling his supporters to seek “revenge” and to “punish our enemies,” and give power to that man who was mentored by a Communist, who uses well-known Communist slogans and spouts Communist ideas about “redistribution” and “spreading the wealth around” . . . what’s the worst that could happen?